It is very easy for hunters to fall into certain ways of thinking about things. Most of us are consumed with our own type and style of hunting. We are obsessed about the specific wildlife species that we pursue, about the gear that we use, and about the methods that we employ. It is as if we are constantly looking at the hunting world through binoculars – only seeing what the optic allows us to see, all the while missing the bigger picture and great things that are outside of our “field of view”.
I think it is absolutely critical that we, as hunters, begin to see the big picture. And, not only see it, but work to protect it and defend it. One of the most frustrating experiences I have had with hunters has been the mindset that, “Issue X doesn’t apply to me directly, or present any harm to my way of hunting, therefore it doesn’t matter.” That kind of thinking is reckless and it presents a very real danger to the future of hunting.
I am very thankful that there are so many conservation organizations out there, which are not only working to protect game and habitat, but also to help hunters see the bigger picture. One of these organizations is the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP). They have worked with Steven Rinella and the Meat Eater crew to put together a very informative video series called “Conservation Field Notes”.
You may learn to see a new part of the bigger picture that we call “hunting”.